Physics in the Arts - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123741509, 9780080560236

Physics in the Arts

1st Edition

Authors: P.U.P.A. Gilbert Willy Haeberli
eBook ISBN: 9780080560236
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 22nd January 2008
Page Count: 328
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Table of Contents

Introduction Light 1: Light and Light Waves 2: Reflection and Refraction 3: Lenses 4: The Eye 5: Photography 6: Color and Color Vision 7: Additive Color Mixing 8: Subtractive Color Mixing 9: Color Generating Mechanisms Sound 10: Periodic Oscillations 11: Simple Harmonic Motion 12: Damped Oscillations and Resonance 13: Adding Sound Sources: Beats and Harmony 14: Waves 15: Sound Perception 16: The Ear 17: Vibration of Strings 18: Pipes 19: Fourier Analysis 20: Musical Scales 21: Musical Instruments Solutions to Problems


Physics in the Arts is a concise, 288-page four-color entry in the Complementary Science Series, designed for science enthusiasts and liberal arts students requiring or desiring a well-developed discussion of physical phenomena, particularly with regard to sound and light.

Topics discussed include the nature of sound and sound perception, and the fundamentals of harmony, musical photography, color perception, and color mixing. The materials are covered at a level appropriate for self-study or as a complementary textbook.

A companion website for Instructors is available in Spring 2008.

Key Features

  • Offers an alternative route to science literacy for those interested in the arts, music and photography
  • Popular science book with wide readership beyond the classroom at an accessible level
  • Material covered at a level appropriate for self-study or as a complementary textbook
  • Companion website for Instructors available in Spring 2008


Non-science students in courses related to the study of physics with light and sound.


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"...the work of a pair of great physicists and top teachers...clear and imaginative. I cannot remember an occasion where a student complained about this text." --Francis Halzen, University of Wisconsin, Madison "I found the book very-well written...the book is also very popular with students. It covers the material at a depth appropriate for non-science students who are interested in the will be a very useful addition to the textbook literature for liberal arts colleges." -- Baha Balantekin, Eugene P. Wigner Professor of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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About the Authors

P.U.P.A. Gilbert Author

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.

Willy Haeberli Author

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.